GLENDALE–Only hours after taking the oath of office for one of the nation’s most powerful law enforcement positions–on Monday– December 7 Lee Baca–the newly elected Sheriff of Los Angeles County–will visit the Armenian Genocide Monument located in Bicknell Park in Montebello.
Sheriff Baca informed the Armenian National Committee of America–Western Region that he offers this gesture of respect for both the 1.5 million Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and the tens of thousands of victims of the earthquake that devastated Armenia ten years ago.
Sheriff Baca’s visit to the monument–which is open to the general public–will include brief remarks and a flower laying ceremony and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Sheriff Baca–who has long been a friend and supporter of the Armenian American community–first as an educator and most recently as a law enforcement officer–has received well-deserved acclaim for his outstanding work steering Los Angeles County youth away from gangs and towards more productive endeavors.
"This poignant gesture is certainly in keeping with Sheriff Baca’s long-standing and heartfelt friendship with the Armenian American community," stated Vicken Sonentz-Papazian–Executive Director of the ANCA-WR.
"It is Sheriff Baca’s unique understanding of–and sensitivity for the issues that concern the diverse communities he serves that sets him apart from so many elected officials and makes him such an effective and widely-respected law enforcement leader," concluded Sonentz-Papazian.